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Opera adds security, Firefox coming
Published: 2008-06-12

Security-conscious users will have a choice to make in the next week.

Software maker Opera released the latest version of its browser, Opera 9.5, on Thursday, and rival Mozilla announced it would release a major update of its Firefox browser on June 17. Both browsers add a number of security-focused features, chief among them technology designed to block the downloading and execution of malicious code. Microsoft's next major version of its browser, Internet Explorer 8, is currently in beta and will also include anti-malware features.

“Opera 9.5 represents the culmination of two years spent listening to our community and transforming our browser to add features and capabilities they have requested,” Jon von Tetzchner, CEO of Opera, said in a statement announcing the browser's release.

External attackers have increasingly focused on the browser as a vector through which to attack unsuspecting users' computers. Among the most popular techniques, attackers compromise legitimate Web servers with code to redirect the Web site's visitors to servers hosting malicious code. Anti-malware builds on the anti-phishing features that all three browser makers incorporated into their software last year.

Opera announced last week that it was using anti-malware technology from startup security firm Haute Secure. The technology goes beyond just blacklisting malicious sites and links, the company told SecurityFocus in an interview.

Opera can be downloaded from the company's Web site. Firefox will be available on Tuesday, June 17.

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Posted by: Robert Lemos
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